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10 Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain
Housed in a lovely historic building downtown, this pharmacy has an old-fashioned lunch counter, whcih offers traditional hot Southern breakfasts and lunch fare. Menu items include a variety of sandwiches, soups, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert, try one of their delicious ice cream soda concoctions. (919-832-6432)

9 Char-Grill
A local standby, this joint serves up juicy burgers, fries and shakes. Hungry fans, lured by the tasty eats and nostalgic atmosphere, order at the counter and scarf down the tasty eats at picnic tables. To get the biggest bang for your buck, order the half-pound hamburger steak, fries and a drink, all for six bucks. However, if beef doesn't appeal, there's always grilled cheese, hot dog or grilled chicken. Don't plan to linger, as others will be eyeing your table. (919-821-7636, 888-604-7455)

8 Cafe Helios
Stylish metal café tables line the interior of this Glenwood coffee joint, and patio tables allow guests to enjoy the neighborhood's vitality. Stop by in the a.m. for a caffeine jolt, and nibble on a pastry while reading the paper or Web-surfing on your laptop. The lunch menu offers tasty sandwiches and salads, and small plates and a wine and beer list make Helios a popular evening hangout as well. (919-838-5177)

7 The Third Place
Works by local artists line the walls at this friendly coffeehouse, and a children's area, stocked with toys, ensures that everyone feels at home here. Throughout the day, patrons sip lattes or munch on inspiring organic fare, from the hummus plate to the tabouli salad to the baked cheese and tomato sandwich. Bagels, fruit, and bacon and eggs make for a satisfying breakfast. (919-834-6566)

6 Finch's Family Restaurant
Open since 1945, Finch's is a beloved Raleigh institution. Classic Southern eats at reasonable prices explain the appeal, although serving breakfast all day and adding free WiFi haven't exactly hurt business. A long list of weekday specials might include country fried steak with rice and gravy, fried shrimp, barbecued chicken and coleslaw, pot roast with carrots and potatoes, or fried chicken, with two sides of your choice. Omelets, bacon, sausage, country ham, waffles and pancakes are among the coveted breakfast items. (919-834-7396)

5 Neomonde Baking Company Café & Market
In 1977, the Selah brothers, immigrants from war-torn Lebanon, opened this restaurant featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. Delicacies on the menu include stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, kibbeh, and fatayer. Traditional deli sandwiches on just about any type of homemade bread you could imagine are also available. Unless you go early, be prepared for a wait — this place is very popular. Extensive Middle Eastern and Specialty Grocery selections also available. (919-828-1628)

4 East Village Bar and Grill
Situated at the corner of Dixie Trail and Hillsborough Street, this restaurant's casual and laid-back atmosphere includes a great patio, pubby interior, full bar with a slew of microbrews, and possibly the best burgers in town. The friendly staff welcomes everyone, from families with kids to college students to power lunchers. If you happen to be there on game night, East Village will no doubt have the game tuned in. A popular hangout for NCSU students, this place gets pretty packed on the weekends. No one under 21 allowed after 10pm weeknights and 9pm on weekends. (919-821-9985)

3 Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
You'll encounter a line, but don't pass on the opportunity to sample the good Southern cooking dished out at this local treasure. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast amid the rustic surroundings of well worn tables and antique farm implements adorning the ceiling and walls. Feast on a meat-n-three lunch of fried pork chops, country-fried steak, country ham with red-eye gravy and sides of collards, mac-n-cheese, butter beans and blackeyed peas. Rumor has it that if you visit on Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a Dixieland band playing outside. (919-836-9909)

2 State Farmers' Market Restaurant
Located on the grounds of the State Farmers Market, this diner celebrates the region's bounty and paintings on the walls depict the region's landscape. Harkening back to the agricultural tradition, the kitchen serves a full breakfast with all the fixings from sausage, bacon and country ham to fluffy biscuits, pancakes and grits. Meat and veggies highlight the lunch menu, which emphasizes seasonal produce, and tempting fruit cobbler fulfills the final course. (919-755-1550)

1 Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant
If you need to get going early, Pam's starts serving a delicious Southern breakfast at 6am. Dig into a plate of pancakes, drizzled with syrup, or a platter of bacon and eggs. Prepared with primarily local ingredients, from produce to meats, the fare is flavorful and fresh. Midday grub consists of succulent fried chicken, roast beef, okra, corn, collard greens, potatoes and gravy and more. NB They don't accept credit cards, but there is an on-site ATM. (919-859-9990)

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Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Char-Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: HILLSBOROUGH STREET
COST: $
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Cafe Helios 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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The Third Place 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: GLENWOOD AVENUE
COST: $
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Finch's Family Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Neomonde Baking Company Café & Market 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Pastry Chef, Take Out
COST: $
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East Village Bar and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Raleigh
COST: $
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Big Ed's City Market Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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State Farmers' Market Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: HILLSBOROUGH STREET
COST: $
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